GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – The city’s famed tuna products will take the center stage in a festivity slated on Aug. 16 in Jersey City, New Jersey in the United States.
City Councilor Shandee Llido-Pestaño, chair of the council’s tourism committee, said Wednesday the festival is in celebration of the first anniversary of the city’s sisterhood with Jersey City.
Dubbed “GenSan Tuna Festival,” she said freshly-shipped tuna from the city can be savored during the event that will be held at the Owen Gundy Pier Exchange in Jersey City.
The festivity, which will also feature “tribal royalties” as well as “tribal dances and exciting Filipino entertainment,” is organized by SocSarGen USA in cooperation with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs.
The city government signed the sisterhood agreement with Jersey City on Aug. 14, 2018 as part of a trade and cultural mission led by former Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, and Councilors Brix Tan and Pestaño.
“The historic signing is one of the highlights of the city’s achievements in international relations,” Pestaño said in a statement.
She said the agreement promotes exchanges on community social development and civic involvement as well as on computer technology, local government administration, revenue generation, resources management and other innovative programs and projects.
Meantime, Pestaño said the city government will establish a “sisterhood lane” along the Pioneer Avenue here to highlight its sisterhood ties with various localities in the country and abroad.
She said the flags of Jersey City and the city’s other sister cities will be prominently displayed at a portion of the special lane “in honor and recognition of their contributions to the development and progress” of the area and its people.
The city had also forged sisterhood ties with Quezon City, Iloilo City, Naga City, Canberra in Australia, Hadano in Japan and Monterrey in Mexico.
Pestaño said the project, which is spearheaded by city protocol and tourism officer Cora Tito, is due for implementation within the year. (MindaNews)